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  • A fabulous castle in a hidden corner of Scotland with all the luxuries one could wish for after a day exploring the delightful countryside.

    National Geographic
  • Named in 'Top 12 most spectacular self-catered properties'. Look out across the spectacular wilderness of the Ettrick Valley...open fires to toast toes in front of and a great hall for boozy banquets.

    The Sunday Times
  • Once again back to the Ettrick Valley and Aikwood Tower. As usual having a relaxing time. It is always a pleasure being here.

    Jens Jelnes, Denmark
  • For someone spending their honeymoon here there couldn’t be a more special and beautiful place. Lovely views and beautiful atmosphere. We’re sure to be back.

    Samir & Twinkle Paintal, India
  • We learned a little of Border history. We saw an amount of beautiful Border scenery. We experienced the very best Border hospitality.

    Audrey Soal, South Africa
  • Thank you for a wonderful and inspiring stay at Aikwood. Lots of ideas for painting and prints from a very magical and special place.

    Jane Hyslop, Scotland
  • What a quiet few days at Aikwood – sheer bliss!

    Robert and Janice Beaton, Scotland
  • It's safe to say Aikwood Tower is no ordinary holiday rental...all rooms are individual and charming...incredibly comfortable Swedish DUX beds...

    Red Magazine
  • The Tower is beyond amazing and we had a lovely time.

    The Wadham family
  • Listed in 'Four of the best private homes for house parties.' A stylish, incredibly comfortable holiday rental.

    Daily Telegraph

Understated luxury in the Scottish Borders

There's no better place to revive your batteries or host a get-together of family and friends.

Built in the 1540s, our striking Grade A-listed tower house is full of authentic medieval castle charm - from the spiral staircase that winds its way through the heart of the building to the enormous crackling fire in the Great Hall. It's now been lovingly restored and renovated into five-star boutique accommodation without comprimising on the integrity of the original building. With five en-suite bedrooms (sleeping eleven guests) and four reception rooms there's ample room for relaxing and socialising!

Located 40 miles south of Edinburgh in the heart of the Ettrick Forest - the ancient hunting ground of Scottish royalty up to the days of Mary Queen of Scots - the stunning local landscape around Aikwood Tower offers some of the finest walks, cycling, shooting and fishing in Scotland, among many other leisure activities.

Whether you are looking for peace, calm and to be left alone to enjoy your stay on a self-catered basis or wish to be spoilt by local caterers with fine food and drink, the discreet, efficient and friendly staff of Aikwood Tower will ensure your stay is a happy and memorable one.